Express’ title credentials will be put to a stern test this evening when they visit eternal rivals SC Villa at Bombo Military Grounds
The Wankulukuku based side find themselves 4 points behind joint table leaders URA and Vipers SC who won their respective games yesterday.
When Villa visited Wankulukuku in the first leg, the hosts emerged on top courtesy of George Senkaba’s goal.
Villa still maintain a slim hope of chasing for the title despite sitting 6th on the log with 28 points. A win will put them on 31 points cutting the gap on leaders to only 8 .
The blue corner have bossed the head to head records between these two rivals with 9 wins and 6 draws out of the last 23 meetings. Express have won a close 8 meetings.
What the coaches say:
Edward Kaziba SC Villa
“It is a derby and everyone on my team both the players and coaches know how momentous it is to win it. Given that we lost in the first round, this one gives us an opportunity to pay them back in the same currency “.
Derbies are for winning , we come into this one to win”
Wasswa Bbosa, Express FC
“We have prepared well after our last game in the Uganda cup against Kyetume. Concentration has been on correcting mistakes and also working on finishing. We are hopeful of tomorrow’s game ( today), we know it is a derby and we respect Villa because they are a decent team but we are going to Bombo for a win”
Central midfielder Amir Kakomo and goal keeper Meddie Kibirige will sit out this tie through suspension. They accumulated 3 yellow cards.
Kaziba however welcomes Derrick Ndahiro and Roanld Sekiganda. The former missed the Uganda cup second leg against Ndejje through injury and the latter has been a serving a suspension due to accumulated yellow cards.
Abel Etrude and Arthur Kiggundu miss a chance to face their former club through injury.
George Senkaba scorer of the first round match winner is still nursing a cruciate ligament damage sustained 2 months ago.
The derby also comes too soon for defender Murushid Juuko who got red carded in the 3-1 win over URA FC